In the wake of analysts at IDC announcing tablet shipments are up by 142.4% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2012, we came across a speech by Blackberry boss, Thorsten Heins, saying the tablet will likely be a dead weight round the neck of the tech world by 2018.
Speaking to Bloomberg, the Blackberry leader was clear about his belief the tablet format will fall in popularity over the coming years, being replaced by bigger smartphones and better laptops.
“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”
Here at Money4Machines HQ, we can’t help buy think there could be an element of sour grapes about the tablet markets. Folks who visit us to sell tablet devices from the Blackberry range – the Blackberry PlayBook – appear to be terminally underwhelmed with the devices performance, look, weight and overall usability. Bloomberg reports as few as 150,000 PlayBooks were shifted in the first quarter of their release in 2011.
So, would you sell Blackberry PlayBooks to fund an upgrade? The folks visiting us to use our sell for cash service are typically offloading their disappointing Blackberry device to change to another brand. The Kindle Fire and Apple iPad ranges are very popular, leading to great rate increases for our customers.